Liverpool v Crystal Palace Predictions & Tips: Reds To Shoot Down Eagles?

Leigh Copson:

Liverpool will either be crowned Premier League champions or they will take a giant step towards wrapping up the title when they host Crystal Palace on Wednesday night. So can they get the win they need to celebrate in style or put themselves within touching distance of their first English crown for 30 years?

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When Can Liverpool Win The Premier League Title?

Liverpool had to settle for a goalless draw when they returned to action against Everton at the weekend, and that points means they are now on the brink of their first English title of the Premier League era. But what needs to happen for the Reds to be crowned champions this week? Read on…

  • If Manchester City drop points against Burnley on Monday night then Liverpool’s title win will be confirmed without them having to kick another ball.
    If Manchester City beat Burnley on Monday night, Liverpool must beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday and then hope that City drop points against Chelsea 24 hours later. If City do not drop points against Chelsea, Liverpool will then need to avoid defeat against Manchester City on July 2 to be crowned.

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Predictions & Tips

We were not expecting fireworks when Liverpool returned to action with a Merseyside Derby on Sunday evening, and we got what we expected as a clearly rusty Reds side failed to produce the type of performance that has helped them open up a staggering lead at the top of the table. They had plenty of the ball, but Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was never truly tested over the course of the 90 minutes and Liverpool had his opposite number to thank for ensuring that they at least took a point. Alisson’s reacted sharply to keep out a flick from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and in the process he earned the good slice of fortune that came his way as Tom Davies rattled the post with the rebound.

Was the draw a disappointment? Probably. But nobody at Anfield will be rattled by the stalemate. Liverpool are still the runaway leaders in the Premier League and they will have an opportunity to shake of some more rust on Wednesday night when Crystal Palace pay a visit to Merseyside.

Palace arrive as a team in form. They went into the Premier League’s sudden shutdown on a run of three consecutive wins and they picked up from where they left off at the weekend as they ran out 2-0 winners at Bournemouth. Two goals inside the opening 23 minutes did the trick for the Eagles against a Bournemouth side that offered very little, and those three points mean that Palace entered this week in the top half of the table. Not bad for a side that was expected to be battling to stay up at the start of the season. Palace will head to the North West in confident mood, but can they extend this good run with another positive result against English football’s cream of the crop?

Palace famously played a part in the collapse of Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge back in May 2014, coming from three goals down to earn a point at Selhurst Park, and the would go on to win three of the next four competitive meetings between the two clubs. Those famous results would suggest that Palace are a bogey team for Liverpool, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Merseyside giants have now won each of their last five games against the Eagles, coming out on top in eight of the last nine, and I expect this good form to continue as Liverpool claim the points.

For me it is not a case of will they win, more how will they win? And judging by what we have seen so far, they are unlikely to run riot. Manchester City and Newcastle United were able to capitalise on a numerical advantage to score three goals in their first games back, while Southampton did benefit from a terrible Norwich City defence as they romped to victory last week, but on the whole the Premier League has not been blitzed by a flurry of goals since the season resumed. That makes backing Liverpool to come out on top in a low-scoring affair the way to go.